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Mayawati’s rural housing schemes to return as Lohia Awas Yojna

After scrapping the Mahamaya Awas Yojna and Mahamaya Sarvajan Awas Yojna of the previous BSP government,the Akhilesh Yadav government has decided to launch a single housing scheme for the rural poor,named Lohia Awas Yojna.

After scrapping the Mahamaya Awas Yojna and Mahamaya Sarvajan Awas Yojna of the previous BSP government,the Akhilesh Yadav government has decided to launch a single housing scheme for the rural poor,named Lohia Awas Yojna.

Both abolished schemes were launched by former chief minister Mayawati in 2008-09 on the lines of the Centre’s Indira Awas Yojna. Under both schemes,a beneficiary had been given Rs 45,000 as financial assistance to build a pucca shelter.

The Mahamaya Awas Yojna was meant for Dalits who lived in kaccha shelters but could not get housing assistance under the Indira Awas Yojna because their names were not on the BPL list of 2002. The Mahamaya Sarvajan Awas Yojna was for non-Dalits.

Both the schemes were run by the Rural Development Department. Both were in the list of 26 schemes that the state cabinet,in its meeting held on May 11,had decided to scrap in order to make funds available for its priorities.

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An official said a provision for the new Lohia Awas Yojna will be made in the upcoming state budget with a token amount.

The criteria for selection of beneficiaries and the amount of financial assistance would remain the same. Also,the standards of the Indira Awas Yojna would be applicable. Like Indira Awas Yojna,there is no standard design for the houses,but the dwelling should have a minimum 20 sq m plinth area.

The Indira Awas Yojna is being implemented in the state since 1985. Initially,it was only for scheduled castes. In 1994-95,the scheme was extended to the poor of all communities,with the condition that the share of SC beneficiaries would not be less than 60 per cent.

Earlier,the government had changed the Ambedkar Samagra Gram Vikas Yojna,which was meant to provide basic facilities and infrastructure in villages having substantial Dalit population,and renamed it Lohia Samagra Vikas Yojna. Also,it was announced that,in future,the villages will be selected on the basis criteria of backwardness.